COVID-19 | Work Procedures on Construction Sites Checklist
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Work on the Construction Site
Below is a list of critical activities that should be continued in public safety matters:
1. Repair of unsafe buildings/hazardous structures - district inspectors need authority to order emergency work to make sites safe in case of emergencies
occur - and a hastily abandoned site could just lead to a dangerous structure.
2. Structural inspections for subsidence / movement to determine the risk.
3. Building and roof problems, loose tiles/chimneys, weathering.
4. All general construction inspection work for nationally important buildings/facilities.
5. Drainage work/maintenance, etc - Important to avoid increased public health problems in this respect.
6. Fire safety inspections.
7. Requirements for maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment to meet fire safety regulations - even when the buildings are unoccupied.
8. The constant need for fire risk assessments to meet both legislation and new building conditions.
9. The need for corrective action to remove unsafe ACM cladding, etc
10. Replacement of glazing.
11. Locksmithery / lock replacement.
12. Gas safety work / suspected gas leakage.
13. Electrical safety work/ electrical failures.
14. Flood restoration (especially of houses affected by recent floods).
15. Plumbing and heating failures including heating losses/condensation problems/hot water.
16. Emergency leakage/flooding.
17. Health risks associated with blocked drainage/sanitation systems.
18. Water companies - rehabilitation/emergency work on buildings and facilities critical to the provision of clean water.
19. New or business or safety-critical maintenance in facilities involved in the supply chain for critical equipment (e.g. where manufacturers build units to produce ventilators).
20. Factories producing everything needed to control the virus (e.g. a new factory for hand disinfectants is under construction).
21. Food supply chain - major new construction or maintenance of existing buildings.
22. Additional storage space for the distribution of food through online platforms (to cope with the massive increase in demand).
23. New or business/safety-critical maintenance of facilities involved in the supply of medicines.
24. Essential maintenance work on mortuaries, funeral parlours and crematoria.
25. Substantial maintenance and refurbishment work throughout the health sector.
26. Installation/maintenance technicians providing services to key sectors - health, energy, etc. - etc.
27. Emergency calls, security checks and essential work in nursing homes.?
28. Ongoing monitoring and security measures.
29. Sites where anti-terrorism considerations must take precedence over other concerns.
30. Urgent work on emergency facilities other than health care - e.g. police, fire brigade.
31 Unsafe infrastructure - for example, if a truck drives onto a bridge during shutdown, work may be required to make the affected structure safe.
32. Bridge inspection and maintenance.
33. Dam inspection and maintenance.
34. Maintenance of the main national infrastructure: power stations and electricity networks, motorways, railways, utilities, etc.
35. Repair and maintenance of telecommunications, waste of energy and water - these are essential for working from home
36. R&D facilities, insofar as they are related to vaccine development or virus treatment
37. Work on factories producing materials essential to all elements on this list.
There may be other safety critical work that needs to be added to this list.
However, it is also clear that many construction works are NOT essential - such as offices, recreational facilities.
Are the construction works "critical" as defined in any of the above categories?
If a site does not consistently implement the measures outlined in the following sections, it should be required to close down.
Those who meet one of the following criteria should not be on site:
Has a high fever or a new persistent cough - follow the instructions for self-isolation.
Is a vulnerable person on site (due to age, underlying health condition, clinical condition or pregnancy)?
Lives with someone in self-isolation or with a person in the risk group.
Procedure if someone falls ill
Check this box for the 'Procedure in case of illness'.
Directions to the Site
Wherever possible, workers should travel to the site using their own means of transport alone, and construction sites must be considered:
the provision of manual cleaning facilities at entrances and exits. This should include soap and water if possible, or hand disinfectant if the water is not available.
How a sick person comes home.
Parking facilities for additional cars and bicycles
Other means of transport to avoid public transport, e.g. cycling
Access Points to the Site
Monitor the access points on site to enable social distancing - you may need to change the number of entrances, either increase to reduce congestion or decrease to enable monitoring.
Stop all non-essential visits
Introduction of staggered start and end times
Remove or disable access systems that require skin contact, such as fingerprint scanners.
Require all workers to wash or clean their hands before entering or leaving the site.
Leave enough space (two metres) between people waiting to enter the site.
Regular cleaning of common contact surfaces in reception, office, access control and delivery areas, e.g. scanners, turnstiles, screens, telephone receivers, desks, especially during peak hours.
Reduce the number of people present at site introductions and consider keeping them outside if possible.
Drivers should remain in their vehicles if the load permits and must wash or clean their hands before unloading goods and materials.
Limit the number of people who use the toilet facilities at the same time.
Are hands washed before and after using the facilities?
Are there improved cleaning regulations for toilet facilities, especially for door handles, locks and toilet flushing?
Portable/mobile toilets should be avoided wherever possible, but where they are in use they should be cleaned and emptied more frequently.
Are suitable and sufficient waste containers for towels with regular removal and disposal provided?
Canteens and Catering in the Restaurants
Since cafés and restaurants have been closed, canteens can no longer function normally
Staff should also be obliged to stay on site after entering the premises and not to use local shops.
Are special dining areas defined on site to reduce contamination?
Are breaktimes staggered to reduce congestion and contact at all times?
Are hand cleaning equipment or hand disinfectants available at the entrance of each dining room?
Have staff been asked to bring prepared meals and refillable water bottles from home?
Can workers sit at a distance of 2 meters from each other while eating and avoid any contact?
If on-site catering is provided, only prepared and packaged food should be provided.
Where possible, payments should be made by contactless means.
Crockery, eating utensils, cups etc. should not be used.
Drinking water should be provided with improved cleaning measures of the tap mechanism.
Tables should be cleaned between each use.
All waste should be disposed of directly into the dustbins and not left to someone else to clean up.
All areas where food is eaten should be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each break and shift, including chairs, door handles, vending machines and payment devices.
Changing Facilities and Showers
Introduction of staggered start and end times to reduce traffic jams and contacts at all times.
Introduction of increased cleaning of all facilities during the day and at the end of each day.
Consider increasing the number or size of facilities available on site, if possible.
Based on the size of each facility, has it been determined how many people can use it at the same time to maintain a distance of two metres?
Provide suitable and sufficient waste bins in these areas with regular disposal and disposal.
Avoiding Close Cooperation - General Principles
There will be situations where it is not possible or safe for workers to move 2 metres apart.
Non-essential physical work requiring close contact between workers should not be performed.
Work requiring skin-to-skin contact should not be carried out.
Has any other work been planned to minimize contact between workers?
Reusable PPE should be thoroughly cleaned after use and not shared between workers.
Disposable PPE should be disposed of in such a way that it cannot be reused.
Stairs should be used in preference to lifts or lifting platforms
Where lifts or hoists must be used: Reduce their capacity to reduce congestion and contact at all times.
Increase ventilation in enclosed spaces.
Regularly clean the inside of vehicle cabs and between use by different drivers.
Only absolutely necessary meeting participants should attend.
Participants should be two meters apart.
The rooms should be well ventilated / windows open to allow fresh air circulation.
Consider holding sessions in open areas where possible.
Hold meetings with clients/design teams using video conferencing facilities such as Facetime, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, Whats App, etc.
Improved cleaning procedures should be introduced throughout the site, particularly in common areas and at points of contact:
Taps and washing facilities
Toilet flushing and seats
Door handles and operating plates
Handrails in staircases and corridors
Control of lifts and hoists
Food preparation and dining areas
Keyboards, photocopiers and other office equipment
The waste collection and storage facilities should be enlarged and emptied regularly during and at the end of each day.
Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical appuses-hero example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.
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